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Jan 7, 2010 7:47pm EST
. >>> washington wizards all star gilbert arenas on the sidelines tonight. nba suspended him indefinitely, without pay for brandishing a gun in the team's locker room. arenas admitted he had the gun saying he was simply playing a joke on a teammate. he has since apologized for actions. he could be in more trouble than just the suspension. local and federal law enforcement are investigating the incident. professional athletes consider themselves potential targets and carry weapons to protect themselves but sometimes carrying a weapon can end up causing trouble for athletes. in 2008 pro football player plaxico burris accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun he was carrying at a nightclub. now sending a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to weapons charges. >> with more on athletes and guns, roger kosik, espn legal analyst. and mike wise, sports columnist for "washington post." glad you could make it. roger, let's start with you. what happened to the days of the harlem globe trotters? so clean cut, no tattoos, so well behaved. there were moral clauses i thought these guys had to
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 5:00pm EST
, more will be coming over. you and i just flew into new york, we were in washington. we had lunch over at the white house with the president of the united states. the restrictions, i want to be up front with our viewers, what we can and can't report, but to make a long story short, it was a fascinating opportunity that all of us had to get some insight into what he will do and won't do tonight. it should be no surprise to our viewers, the emphasis is going to be not on health care, but on jobs. >> on jobs, jobs, jobs, and the president will try to make a down payment on fiscal constraits and definite at this time vie ducks. to echo -- this is a tradition, past presidents have done it. it's gracious of the president to share his thoughts and his staff to share his thoughts. the president feels more comfortable in the past. this is the third time in the hall for a joint session, the first one officially the state of the union, and obviously well aware of the significant challenge he faces. the health care reform, but the question is, can they punch it in? and what can they do in thi
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Jan 19, 2010 10:00pm EST
after fighting. i had hoped in the best interest of our state and the country to go to washington to address these issues. i hope that as a nation and as a commonwealth, we can do better in the future. you know that as your attorney general, i will continue to fight and address them here with everybody in massachusetts who cares about these issues. thank you. >> larry: that's the speech by the attorney general coakley, conceding the election tonight to scott brown in massachusetts. a historic election. this has been a early edition of "larry king live." we will be back at midnight eastern, 9:00 pacific. we'll do some wednesday morning quarterbacking, as the attorney general said, with our pundits and analysis. all coming at midnight, 9:00 pacific. right now we turn it over to anderson cooper. more analysis and more coverage in haiti and "a.c. 360." anderson? >> larry, thanks very much. a lot of political analysis ahead, but i want to give you a quick update what is happening here in port-au-prince, a week after the quake, seven days. remarkable story tonight, underscoring both the go
CNN
Jan 24, 2010 11:00am EST
yes, voters are angry about the economy and partisanship in washington but press secretary robert gibbs says republicans are exaggerating the massachusetts message. >> if republicans want to assume that the outcome of what happened in massachusetts is a big endorsement of their policies when 40% are enthust a enthustastic about them i hope they misread that election as badly as anybody could. >> the republicans say it's the obama white house that doesn't get the message voters are sending. >> what happened in massachusetts is part of an american awakening. we saw it in virginia, new jersey, we see it all over the country in tea parties, in town halls, people are alarm and angry about the spending and debt and government takeovers. >> the white house says it's eager to see if republicans are willing to work more with the president but the senate's top republican says the burden lies with the president and his fellow democrats. >> you look at the first year of this administration and we haven't made much progress. we passed a deficit, a budget that doubles the national debt in five
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Jan 28, 2010 7:38pm EST
the billions in recovery act dollars that washington is dol doling out. federal investigators are finding bid rigging for the highway companies. they've been occluding for expansion of state highways. the attorney general has 25 investigations under way, a dozen of which has been referred to the department of justice for prosecution. other cases involve what the government calls disadvantaged business enterprise fraud. women bidding for contracts, and after taking a cut, passing the work to a non-qualified contracter. inspectors general are aggressively searching for stimulus fraud, certain that corruption will affect recovery act spending. >> fraud will occur. typically we see false statements, false claims, conflict of interest, anti-trust violations. >> the latest stimulus scorecard ten months into the recovery act, 106 active investigations. investigators say they're only just beginning. every department is training federal, state and municipal workers in fraud detection, anticipating that corrupt contractors view recovery act funds as a potential gold mine. >> as one investig
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Jan 24, 2010 12:00pm EST
problem. >> part of what you call the washington game is after a tough election like you had last week in massachusetts is to say, well, what must we have here? some white houses in the past have had big shakeups and you decided in the obama white house to give a bigger role to david mruf. he will now take a bigger role outside of the white house and keeping a closer eye on public opinion and senate and house races across the country. there are some, david, who are saying what about inside the white house? shouldn't we have a shakeup there. this is an administration that has been too differential in crafting policy and some would say too close with wall street and not close enough with main street. do you need to shake up your inside team? >> that is part of the washington game. washington loves to throw out a body. nothing that gets washington more excited than the prospect of someone losing their job. the fact is that we have a wonderful group in the white house that is working really hard and david, as value added, we love him and off writing a book for a year and we're happy t
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Jan 24, 2010 3:00pm EST
business cycle is more powerful than washington. washington likes to, or has the illusion they have some control over the economy in the near term. the electorate likes to share that illusion. it's just not true. this business cycle turning, as it was turning -- >> when you say "the business cycle," what are you talking about? like the weather cycle? >> no. look, we live in a free market economy. a capitalist economy. part and parcel of a capitalist economies are upswings and downswings in economic activity. it has nothing to do with stimulus package or bad policy or good policy. it's going to happen anyway. all right? there's been -- i think we've had for a couple of decades a relatively moderate business cycle, and a lot of patting ourselves on the back saying we did a good job. we may have just been lucky to a degree. >> chrystia, you look puzzled by that. >> i'm not puzzled, but i disagree. i think we are being, we are giving the government and not just the u.s. government, but global governments, far too little credit, and we are forgetting how terrible things were in 2008. now
CNN
Jan 7, 2010 6:47pm EST
the president didn't fire anyone? >> no. because that is typical washington. hey, let me quickly fire somebody, and make everybody happy and we are all good. no, he is saying that we have a more serious issue here and that is the inability to connect the dots. if you also look at that intelligence report that came out of afghanistan and the inability of americans there to understand what is happening locally on the ground, and we have a much broader issue that we have been dealing with since 9/11 and that the inability to know what is happening on the ground, and also of the weak innocence the hiring of people who can actually study the data and the understanding of what it means. >> i was surprised at how candid they were in the summary, in this report, and when they said, amanda, that they didn't know that al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, in yemen, specifically, had this operational capability, and thought it was aspirational. >> candor is nice. >> but those were some of the shocks that we were warned about and it is out there and everyone should read it. >> i am sure that th
CNN
Jan 20, 2010 5:00pm EST
showing scott brown was ahead. >> it is a remarkable story and scott brown will come to washington tomorrow, his first trip, to meet with the massachusetts delegation. he'll also spend some time with senator john mccain who was one of his earliest supporters, but ooh a fascinating story and after his event and his news conference in boston, we were retracing key steps with his campaign and they understand it has fundamentally changed the health care debate in washington, but what they say the fundamental issue in massachusetts was disaffection, the same factors that contributed to the president's big victory in 2008, frustration about the economy, high unemployment and bailouts on wall street, high spending and a couple of key quick points. scott brown, the republican used john kennedy, an ad where john kennedy is talking about cutting taxes in the 1960s. it started with plaque and white john kennedy and it came to scott brown in color finishing the quote, saying that's what i want to do, restoring the kennedy, economic philosophy and they say don't underestimate the christmas day
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Jan 23, 2010 9:30am EST
philanthropy" and she's joining us now from washington. stacey, i want to start right there, how do we know if those organizations are legitimate? >> unfortunately, that is a really important question to ask because, sadly, at these times, scam s do pop up. so you want to make sure that the organization already has people on the ground in haiti. many, many groups have been working there for years and already have a history. so one way to tell that they're not some fly by night thing is to be able to figure out that they've got a history. ask them what their track record is, what they've been doing and how they can prove it. >> you want to see a track record, history on the ground in haiti. you know, as this whole story has unfolded we've noticed so many of these organizations are talked about on the web. and particularly, on social networking sites. should i trust these organizations that are talked about on facebook, on twitter? >> some of the best information is actually coming on twitter and facebook because word of mouth in some ways, if you were talking to experts, that's actua
CNN
Jan 21, 2010 1:00am EST
both in washington and in new york. >>> here in haiti, the second wave of deaths. tense of thousands dying in infections and ganggreen. 20,000 people a day may be dying unnecessarily because of a lack of splice. we'll take you to ground zero of that and show you some doctors that are very upset about the lack of supplies. we'll show you what they go through to get basic supplies to treat their patients. a massive new after shock today. a completely heartwrenching view of the quake as it happened. this is video we're seeing for first time ever. a man captured it all from his balcony. the moment of the earthquake overlooking the city of port-au-prince. that's his view of the quake far away from the buildings of port-au-prince. you can just see off in the distance that huge plume of flame going up. a lot of smoke. eight days ago now, it's been. eight days. just this morning, a nearly 6.0 after shock stunned the city. new damage, new casualties. a whole lot more fear tonight. also today another remarkable survival story. a 5-year-old boy named manly pulled from the rubble not b
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 8:00pm EST
washington we saw yesterday in the senate vote on the commission, as we see in the president's own freeze, which has been derided by democrats, as well as republicans, he's freezing domestic discretionary spending at a level 20% above what he inherited, so you know, if you look at it, campbell, on the domestic side, i think these are very real danger here, that his program, his domestic program is dead on arrival before he speaks. i think that challenge for him tonight is to revive people's belief in him, that he can actually deliver as a leader. >> and candy, do they get that at the white house? i mean do they feel the same way? >> sure. >> the pressure is that intense? >> oh, the pressure is intense. there's absolutely no doubt about that but let's remember, he's one quarter through his administration, so i don't think we can kiss it off quite yet, and let's also remember that the story can change. you know, there was 9/11. it totally changed george bush's administration. things can happen. david is not wrong. it is just a horrible picture at this moment. >> it has to reframe his
CNN
Jan 20, 2010 12:00am EST
thought naively but they thought barack obama would make washington different sooner. the independents don't like at you will the part sdplanship. tonight they sent a message. >> larry: jessica we heard what a bad or poor candidate martha coakley was. in her concession speech she seemed clear-headed and had a nice voice and good approach to the crowd. what went wrong? >> reporter: you know, she's been an elected official in the state for many years, so she knows how to be with people. she's not unlikeable, but many felt she didn't have the fire in her belly. when you talk to folks on the street lashgsy, they didn't feel like she was going to do it pous. that she would fight for them. she did make some really crucial missteps. she went and asked a reporter what do you expect me to do? stand outside the baseball stadium and shake hands in the cold? in american politics the answer is yes. she came off as aloof, detached and voters felt it it. john was pointing out something that her pam contain has said over and over. there's a sense that change in washington hasn't come fast
CNN
Jan 30, 2010 10:00pm EST
advisories for baltimore and south of washington. up toward philadelphia, even the counties on the shore -- on the jersey shore into ocean county. we have advisories posted, this all goes until tomorrow morning. watch out for more snow to accumulate. down in the carolinas, a winter weather advisory. what this means is temperatures will stay below freezing. all that ice that's on the ground will stay frozen. just be careful out there if you're traveling. we are still tracking the wintery weather not just into the south, but across much of the northeast. look at this, plenty of heavy snow, sweeping across delaware into maryland, and even up into new jersey and new york. our ireporters have been on the scene. and we have an ireport to show you of some of the snowfall accumulation. they're pretty outpy out there. in norfolk, virginia, you don't see a lot of snow. when you do, people talk about it. on average, they only see a few inches a year, barely if they get any. this time it covered most of the region. we're getting reports of 8 or 9 earths in norfolk, virginia. let's check out th
CNN
Jan 11, 2010 11:00am EST
. >> jeanne meserve joining us from washington. is epic satisfied with the tsa assurances? >> no. they're saying, we want to see the documents that tell us exactly what you're doing, that prove to us they're effective and demonstrate that privacy is protected. epic is saying until those questions are answered there shouldn't be any further deployment of these machines at the nation's airports. >> do these documents raise questions about whether the machines can detect explosive powders like petn? >> when you go through the document it says that the machine has to detect weapons, has to detect liquids, it has to detect explosives. it doesn't say anything specifically about powders. but when we asked the tsa about this capability, they insisted that, yes, the machines could detect powders hidden underneath clothes. >> homeland security correspondent, jeanne meserve for us, thank you. >>> later this hour, we're going to give you an inside look at the problems facing the transportation security administration. a reporter goes undercover as a tsa screener. barbara peterson tells us what she le
CNN
Jan 20, 2010 6:00am EST
reform legislation passes in washington. >> and how would you like to be martha coakley this morning, jim? >> reporter: absolutely. she was -- according to some of the polling here, john, 30 points ahead in this race. 15 points ahead just in the last couple of weeks of this campaign. as we mentioned yesterday, we talked to one top democratic strategist from washington who was brought in to help rescue this campaign who told us that they were very upset down in washington that martha coakley went on vacation over the holidays instead of staying and campaigning for the senate seat. there are obviously going to be lots of postmortems about this race. she said the president called her and said, you know, we can't win them all. well, president obama knows that all too well. he campaigned side by side with creigh deeds in that governor's race in virginia, he lost there. he campaigned side by side with jon corzine in new jersey, lost there. then in the final days, the president came to massachusetts, campaigned side by side with martha coakley and went 0-3, john. >> i guess all you can say
CNN
Jan 28, 2010 12:00am EST
washington. our coverage will continue. i'm wolf blitzer here at the cnn center. campbell brown, thanks very much. the best political team on television. "larry king live" starts right now. >> larry: tonight, barack obama's first state of the union address. >> the president of the united states. >> larry: his big message, jobs and the economy. >> i'm calling for a new jobs bill tonight. >> larry: and an in-your-face challenge to republicans on health care. >> if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors, let me know. >> larry: talking tough on terrorism. >> hundreds of al qaeda's fighters and affiliates have been captured or killed. >> larry: what did the president need to say and did he say it? is it going to make any difference? that's all next on a special edition. of "larry king live". well, the state of the union address is over. and the analysis is now continue as they do with us. if you missed any part of the speech, it will be repeated in one hour. wolf blitze
CNN
Jan 20, 2010 11:00am EST
correction and lots of democrats are saying it's time for washington to do it, it will be -- it could be a fierce, fierce election campaign ahead come november. don. >> here's the interesting thing. you know, the midterms, it's going to be interesting, it's a referendum on the obama campaign. lots of blame to go around. some people are saying martha coakley thought she was going to win it so she didn't go out and campaign as hard so some are saying it's apathy on the part of voters. really the republicans got revved up even outside massachusetts donating some $12 million into scott brown's campaign. so really how much of this is the democratic party's own fault because they didn't get the same amount of support outside of massachusetts behind martha coakley? >> reporter: the lesson here is that the angry voters are the ones who are turning out to vote, which is what one of the key players in the coakley campaign said last night. scott brown was able to tap into it. he was able to tap into that anger. when i talk to democrats, they say the course correction democrats need is not necessarily
CNN
Jan 20, 2010 8:00pm EST
the same old poisonous washington. and scott brown tapded into that. and if was hesitation to run against obama on health care and the economy, and campbell, terrorism was used by the republican candidate. he himself is in the national guard. the christmas day incident was a turning point in the race, and his opponent, too soft. you would get him a lawyer and let him be tried in the american courts. not a lot to talk about that. >> sump a reminder to people. stand by. we are going to remind you where we were one year ago today. president obama sworn into office. take a look. hundreds of thousands witnesses this historic moment. promise, change, flash forward to last night. another candidate claiming the change. and a republican. today, barack obama represents a status quo. quite a turn around. he has many supporters wondering if he lost some of the magic and turned his campaign into a cause. can he get it back? that was the big question when we come back. my doctor said most calcium supplements... aren't absorbed properly unless taken with food. he recommended citracal. it's diffe
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Jan 28, 2010 5:00pm EST
." >>> president obama took his state of the union message to florida today. but back here in washington, one particular moment during his speech that has a lot of people all fired up right now. call it, if you will, president obama versus samuel alito. it happened when the president criticized the supreme court's recent ruling of campaign finance reform. listen to the president and watch justice alito. in the audience, shaking his head. >> with all due deference to separation of powers, last week the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the flood gates for special interests. including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our election. >> take a look at samuel alito. he seems to be saying -- if you can read his lips, not true, not true. when supreme court justices attend the state of the union address, they usually try not to react to political statements made by the president. let's bring in our senior legal analyst, jefrry toobin. author of "the nine." what's the answer here, jeff? a, should the president have said what he said with justices of the sup
CNN
Jan 31, 2010 12:00pm EST
% of those interviewed said that they hoped scott brown, the new senator elect would go to washington and be able to work with democrats to make health care reform a reality. only 28% wanted him to come to washington and stop everything and, again, i think, once again, the american people are far ahead of where washington is. i think we can get something done for the american people if we sit down and listen to each other and if we share dwrids and we work together on the pritorties. >> scott brown is willing to work with you, but he doesn't like the existing two bills. the president had a fascinating session on friday up in baltimore. i was in the back of the room and never seen anything like it. the president of the united states on television it was like question time in the british parliament. one thing he said was quite interesting. how he and the republicans disagree on several big issues when it comes to sweeping legislation. the president suggested maybe there is another one. . >> my hope would be that we can look at some of these component parts of what we're doing and maybe
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Jan 26, 2010 8:00pm EST
spent here in washington, so it is not happenstance that these two things have been leaked out by a couple of people, many people, who have knowledge of what the president wants to propose, because that is the message, and it's not good enough just to do it for one night. if you can do it for two days ahead of time and sort of roll the audience into the idea that the president is looking at the deficit, so much the better. >> but what emphasis does he give, or how much of the speech gets devoted to health care? i mean, this has been, you know, everything in terms of emphasis over the last few months, certainly. >> but what the white house has heard, what the president has heard, and i think with his sort of preview speeches you've seen since the end of last week and one yesterday is that they understand that it's the economy the american people want to hear about. they understand that within the economy, it's about the deficit and it's about jobs. so it is not as though the administration doesn't want health care reform. clearly it does, and there will be mention of it in this speec
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Jan 2, 2010 6:00pm EST
these different agencies to share information? >> well, there has always been in washington this intramural kind of feeling of possessiveness about information that is developed within an agency by its sources and so there is a tendency to stove pipe, to hoard information, and not to share it. and that has to be overcome. and as we said five years ago, it has to be overcome by presidential leadership, who requires that it be done, to overcome this obstinate tendency in our government agencies to hoard information. >> the 9/11 commission in december of 2005 gave its final support and specifically talked about prescreening passengers before they board the airline. and you gave this country, you gave the grade of an f. here is what the commission said. few improvements have been made to the existing passenger screening sim stins right after 9/11. that was back in 2005. what grade would you give the obama administration today after learning of this incident? >> well, again, it is one incident, we're still finding out facts. but clearly we have not seen implemented with the alacrity t
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Jan 20, 2010 9:00pm EST
washington. he know he needs to keep support on the independent voters, the very same vote that's gave barack obama hayes large margin 14 months ago and gave scott brown the improbable victory last night. he opposes the president's health care plan as it stands. he knows she from an independent minded state. and he can't be a senator from south carolina. south carolina republicans are different than massachusetts republicans. it will be fascinating to watch his first trip to d.c. tomorrow. >> larry: the president said he doesn't want anything concrete to happen until he is seated. was the brown camp surprised at that? >> they think the president is correctly reading the results. part of what independent voters are saying, remember, for all he said on the economy and health care and iraq and afghanistan, president obama, his promise was i'm going to make washington get alone. we are going to be grown-ups and talk to each other and get things done. voters don't like party politics. it's just the democrats on health care. just the obama and pelosi and rooid working on things. the calculation the
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Jan 20, 2010 1:00am EST
now that they lost the crucial vote. wolf blitzer is in washington with the panel. wolf, we go to you. >> thanks, anderson. it's a very, very significant moment in political history right now here in the nation's capital. there's a new united states senator from the state of massachusetts, scott brown. he decisively beat martha coakley 52% to 47%. they have nice turnover. more than 2 million voted. 99% of the precincts reporting. let's going to scott brown's he had quarters. >> john kink is owe ever there. >> wolf, for the balloon drop a few momenting ago, victory. this is what it looks like in massachusetts. they're up on the stage with supporters. the confetti and xwloons are still falls in this hall. skolt bruin started on off with a con sill tear speech and saying he spoke with president obama and hoped to work with him. we may tribl but to senator kennedy and he said he hoped that people view him as part working. in his remarks scott turned deup fint and he said it says a trillion dollar health care plan and it would raise taxes and kill jobs chls he said he would fight in th
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Jan 5, 2010 11:00am EST
representation of power in washington and the doling out of that all-important federal money, tony, that comes out every year. >> which i don't understand why some suggest that you shouldn't participate. i guess there are reasons and we will certainly get into those reasonses in the months ahead. what about counting the people who have been displaced by foreclosures? >> reporter: it's another challenge for the census, a particular wrinkle this time around. the commerce secretary says that they are going to be very careful about following forwarding addresses, about making sure that when they are going to people's homes they know if there are relatives who are living with them, people who might have been displaced by foreclosure in the last year and a half. census workers are very aware that this is a trend that will make it an extra challenge for them as they count these people. these forms are coming in the mail, tony, in march. they'll come in march. and then if people don't fill them out, then you'll have that knock on the door from the census worker. >> yeah, let's get them filled ou
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Jan 29, 2010 10:00pm EST
lawmakers are living up to the president's call to end the fighting in washington, d.c. they got together today, cameras rolling, questions flying. you can decide for yourself if they're walking the walk. >>> later, he barely blinked when the jury convicted him of first-degree murder. scott roeder had plenty to say about why he walked up to an abortion provider in church, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. you'll hear it and we'll talk to the doctor picking up the victim eets practice. >>> what is shaping up to be one of the few bits of joy to come out of haiti these days. flight leaving port-au-prince with more than 120 orphans on board including we believe a little boy whose name is jonsley. he's being reunited with his cousins. he's beginning a new life. when we read the report you're about to see, his future wasn't so certain. we met him at an orphanage we visited many times in haiti. there are many more like it and many more girls and boys just like jonsley. take a look. these babies are still living in the back of a truck in the heat with the flies. with an uncer
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Jan 31, 2010 6:00am EST
states. a man washington insiders say could have taken down the democratic party. >> well, last week john edwards, former democratic pishl contender, admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock after lying to everyone about it. the details are in the book called "the politician." written by andrew young. young spoke to abc news of how edwards and his mistress hatched the plan for young to claim he was the baby's father. >> there was not a lot of time to sit back and contemplate, hey, is this logical? was it logical? no. was it stupid in yes. did we do the right thing morally? no. absolutely not. >> andrew young there, also, writes that he has a videotape that shows john edwards having sex with the woman that he says appears to be tree yel rielle hunter. >> there was one tape that was marked special and we are just agast. it is a sex tape of rielle and john edwards made just a couple months before the iowa caucuses. >> are you absolutely sure that this is john edwards and rielle hunter? >> it is definitely him. it is a visibly pregnant woman. >> well, john edwards' attorneys are
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Jan 29, 2010 8:00pm EST
were surfaced today, and i think they gave people a better sense of why washington, which is dismissed so angrily by many, actually reflects the country itself and how many divisions we have in the country about how to proceed. everyone wants to end unemployment and the great recession and get people back to work, but there are very different visions about how to get there. >> candy, pretty savvy move too, to ask that cameras be allowed in for this. what was the strategy? what was the thinking there from the white house? >> well, because he's so good at it. and no matter what you say, one man standing at the podium with the presidential seal in front of it against hundreds of republicans or 100 plus republicans still is no contest. it goes the president's way. the white house would not have asked for this to be open, save two things. first, he did say he wanted things to be more transparent. interesting, the first transparent thing is this exchange with republicans. the president is very, very good at this, and he's in an office they don't call the bully pulpit for nothing. and i don't
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Jan 6, 2010 6:00am EST
senator byron dorgan saying he won't run in the fall either. dana bash joins us from washington. what led to senator dodd's decision not to seek re-election? >> reporter: a very, very tough re-election battle ahead, that's really the bottom line on this, john. as you know, senator chris dodd has made the united states senate his life. he's been in the senate for three decades, but he has had a series of very, very tough political battles. in connecticut, starting with the fact that he moved to iowa to run for president with his wife and his two small children, that's when connecticut voters started to turn on him, then the fact that he is the senate banking chairman and obviously wall street went south. there's been a lot of attention paid to the fact that he has close ties with the banking community. so all of those things, combined with the fact that it is just not a good potential year for democrats, made senator dodd decide finally to retire and not run again. >> so what does this mean for democrats in terms of their chances in the 2010 election? do they have a good solid candidat
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Jan 21, 2010 12:00am EST
republican senator in washington. he knows he needs to keep support among the independent voter, the very same voters who gave barack obama his big margin just 14 months ago gave scott brown his improbable upset victory last night. he goes to washington with that challenge. he'll caucus with the white house. he says he opposes the health care plan as it now stands, opposes the big spending in washington, but he knows he's from an independent-minded state. he can't be, say, a senator from south carolina. south carolina republicans are different from massachusetts republicans. he sounded very independent. it will be fascinating to watch. his first trip to d.c. tomorrow, a few weeks before he's officially the senator. >> larry: the president said he doesn't want anything concrete to happen until he's seated. was the brown camp surprised at that? >> a bit surprised, but they think the president is correctly reading the results last night. that independent voters don't like what they see in washington. part of what they're saying -- remember, for all he said on the economy, health care, iraq,
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Jan 20, 2010 9:00am EST
committee on the same subject. >>> big question in washington today, what happens to health care reform? the white house scrambles for another answer just hours after republicans score a big upset. >>> high winds, rain, flooding. california getting hammered this morning. residents now being forced to evacuate. ktl reporter eric spillman just north of los angeles. eric, you've been living there a long time. you've definitely watched weather like this affect the area. you're not getting hit yet. right? but residents will be evacuating this morning. >> reporter: yeah. i mean this is the third in some very powerful storms that we've had so far this week in southern california. this one's believed to be the strongest. it is going to dump between four and eight inches of rain here. and in these areas of los angeles county that are below the areas that burned in the station fire several months ago, there's just no margin for any kind of error. so what authorities are doing is they are telling people to get out of here. it is a mandatory evacuation. it begins at 9:00 this morning. there are abo
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Jan 19, 2010 6:00am EST
about everything in washington. in the home stretch, things are getting ugly. >> people, man, it's that -- you know, people are just plain angry. >> our jim acosta is live in boston with voter reaction and our political panel is looking at this critical race. >>> one week ago today a powerful earthquake turned haiti into literally a living hell. this morning food, water and medical supplies are still too slow to reach the people of parta prince. the airport is bypassing a log jam at the airport and parachuting tons of supplies directly to survivors. meanwhile, the streets of port-au-prince are becoming more dangerous. looting is now out of control and sadly toothpaste is in high demand, not for brushing teeth but to put it under their noses to mask the smell of bodies. the u.s. government is relaxing regulations making it easy for people to temporarily adopt tens of thousands of haitian children and americans are donating more than $200 million to help the people of haiti. >>> 200,000 people may have been killed in the earthquake and more than 70,000 bodies have already been recove
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Jan 11, 2010 6:00am EST
honest the tsa has been on that point. our jeanne meserve joins us from washington with this developing story, and, jeanne, what you're about to reveal may be very concerning to some people. >> reporter: well, it certainly is to this privacy group, which says that the government has misled the public about exactly what those full-body imaging machines can do. the images produced by whole-body scanners don't leave much to the imagination. but the transportation security administration has said repeatedly, even on its own website, your privacy will be protected. >> the system has no way to save, transmit or print the image. >> reporter: a release says the machines have zero storage capability, but a tsa document written just three months earlier, spelling out requirements for potential manufacturers, said the machines had to have the capability to capture images of nonpassengers for training and evaluation purposes. the document was retained by epic, the electronic privacy information center. >> we think it's obvious the machines are designed to record images. >> reporter: the
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Jan 27, 2010 1:00pm EST
, live in washington, at congress. our coverage of that will be full, and it's already on. >>> let's bring in our senior political analyst, gloria borger, she's joining me. she's ready. she's in new york. gloria, i guess -- i guess there are a lot of questions here, but we hear from the president and we hear from his advisors every single day, why is tonight different? >> tonight -- tonight's a really big night for them, because don't forget, it was just a week ago they had that huge loss of a senate seat in massachusetts. and they've been sitting in the white house, i can tell you, doing an awful lot of soul searching, doing an awful lot of what they call prioritizing in washington, trying to figure out whether they can salvage this health care bill, and how they would salvage it. and also how to take a turn and let the american public know that they are focusing on those issues that you just had up there on the screen. >> yeah. >> ali, because it's very clear the american public is saying, wait a minute, you spent so much time on health care, but i don't have a job. and i'm worried
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Jan 31, 2010 1:00am EST
revelations about a man who could have been your president. a man washington insiders say could have taken down the democratic party. john edwards, former democratic presidential contender, admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock after lying to everyone about it. the lurid details all released today in a book called "the politician" authored by edwards' longtime friend andrew young. how edwards and rielle hunter hatched a plan. >> was it logical? no. was it stupid, yes. did we do the right thing morally? no. absolutely not. >> andrew young also writes that he has a videotape that shows john edwards having sex with a woman who appears to be rielle hunter. >> there is one tape that was marked special. and we're just aghast. it's a sex tape of rielle and john edwards made just a couple of months before the iowa caucuses. >> are you absolutely sure that this is john edwards and rielle hunter? >> it's definitely him. you never see his face. it's a visibly pregnant woman. >> here's what they're saying at this hour. while we've not had an opportunity to view the interview or read the book, w
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Jan 30, 2010 1:00pm EST
. everyone in washington wants to be their friends. who are these people? what are the issues that will get these independent vote toers pake side? back with panel to go over these answers. you said everyone is an independent voter now. in uncertain times everyone is up for grabs? >> about the slewly everybody is an independent vote perp you've got an issue with the president in that you saw that the slaft the union address, if you read his books, there's a theme running through the president's approach, which is, i overreached. because of hubris, i failed. i had my comeuppens an i learned. you see it over and observer again. talking about jobs, you see him talking about health care, and unfortunately, voters don't want him to be learning and making mistakes on their watch. >> contained, you go across the country every day. been everywhere talking to independent voters. what do they want? >> one of the reasons we call them independent voters, they walt a lot of different things. the facts is, you've got a country where right now in registration and there are a lot of states obviously th
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Jan 17, 2010 11:00am EST
shows so maybe you don't have to. joining me now in washington where you can only find them right here together on "state of the union" james carvel and mary madeline. welcome. congratulations on the saints going to the nfc championships. >> i take back everything i ever said about reggie bush. i really apologize reggie, you were great yesterday. >>> i want to start on a serious note. i'll hold up the front page of the papers, "the new york times" this morning, every newspaper across the country dealing with haiti crisis. officials strain to dibt aid to haiti. that's the take in "the new york times." you saw the two former presidents, bill clinton and george w. bush coming together to raise money for this cause, reprise of what bill clinton and george h.w. bush did after the tsunami in south asia. we'll get to politics in a moment. assess the moment, two people who moved back to new orleans after katrina to make a statement of your own. >> one thing i want to say is the sense that katrina hit new orleans, when katrina happened, there was a lot of attention and a lot of things and
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Jan 1, 2010 4:00pm EST
off to washington to watch her friend make history, knowing it won't change greenwood's past, but maybe its future. >> i never thought i would be able to see this day, so i just need to be there. don't want to be nowhere near the front. i just warrant to be there. it means everything to me. because i want to be treated as a person, not because i'm edith childs and a black, but because i'm a person. >> reporter: john king, cnn, greenwood, south carolina. >>> on our next hour, john takes us to new mexico, where military students could get marches orders to afghanistan. 5:00 p.m. eastern right here in "the situation room." >>> well, rush limbaugh is getting ready to hold a press conference at a hawaiian hospital. that's where he was admitted after experiencing chest pains. we'll bring you the news as soon as we have it. also the deadline has passed, but talks between two media giants are still going on, at least for now. we'll update you on the battle royale that has you swearing off programs, whether you want to or not. >>> the young nigerian suspect, officials say he may have been
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Jan 24, 2010 1:00am EST
growing up, a guy from wrentham would be here standing before you and going to washington, d.c., are you kidding me? >> also like the president, brown's win is historic. not only does he replace ted kennedy, who held the seat for nearly 50 years, he's the first republican elected to the senate from massachusetts in 38 years. so just hours after his victory. this question. >> barack obama, jfk, they started eyeing the white house the day they were elected to the senate. do you think you're presidential tempered? >> i don't want to be disrespectful, but i've had no sleep right now. i haven't even been down to washington yet. and i don't want to say that's a silly question, but i'm so thankful for the support i received from everybody. >> when the president did call with congratulations, brown, also a basketball player, issued a challenge. >> all kidding aside, i have a basketball daughter and i know you play hoop. you pick your best and we'll play two on two. >> the once promising sarah palin no longer holds office, so brown is poised to become the new face and hope of the gop leaing m
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Jan 30, 2010 8:00am EST
to do it. barbara starr, cnn, washington. >>> well, preying on the earthquake's most innocent victims, child molesters and traffickers are looking to exploit the chaos and confusion by stealing orphan children. anderson cooper is taking an in-depth look at this situation on "ac 360." begins monday night 10:00 eastern right here on cnn. >>> the obama administration has been saying they want the trial, the 9/11 trial, khalid shaikh mohammed, to take place in new york city. caused a bit of a stir. maybe not here, logistical nightmare, security, cost. well, now, debate on whether it will still take place there. new york city wants justice. not so keen on the drama or the cost. >>> also, this what will it take to get people back to work? we're really going to delve into a closer look at the president's plan to find jobs for the plan to find jobs for the unemployed. >>> new york senator chuck schumer says it is obvious that the trial of five 9/11 terror suspects can not be held in new york. the the obama administration is under pressure to try khalid shaikh mohammed and four others
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Jan 7, 2010 7:00pm EST
kind of a red herring because the big decision was being made back in washington by the nctc as to whether or not this suspect really was a terrorist. he was decided to be a potential terrorist, but not a terrorist. so i guess the bottom line here is, number one, we're getting information that we did not have before, and it really does c contradict information we were getting from the state department. and apparently the state department never really did follow up on this issue of the visa until it was very, very late, and that looks like they really dropped the ball on that, john. >> as the president said today, a lot of balls were dropped in this whole case. jill for us in washington. jill, thanks. we're just now getting a look at the surveillance video at the man who caused that massive security nightmare sunday at newark international airport. >> after the man walked the wrong way through a security passageway, officials had to shut down one terminal for hours and then rescreen thousands of passengers, and they never found the guy. susan joins us now live with more. i saw you,
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Jan 18, 2010 9:00am EST
washington. we'll break down the forecast in a few minutes. and choose any car in the aisle. unreal! oh yeah! whoaaa-- ( alarm sounding ) i'm sorry. you okay? my bad, mr. sapp. oh yeah. go national. go like a pro. >>> just hours from now, voters in massachusetts will fill the national seat left vacant by the death of ted kennedy. that will give them a big voice in the battle over health reform. democrats need coakley to win for the over haul, but brown has a voter rise. yesterday obama went to help rally for his party's nominee. take a listen. >> in many of the questions of our day, a lot of the votes -- a lot of these measures are going to rest on one vote. we have had one year to make up for eight. it has not been quick. it has not been easy. but we have begun to deliver on the change you voted for. >> beneath the headlines, more political intrigue at play. jim acosta has a look. this could affect how the health care vote goes. >> reporter: absolutely, kaeira. the fact that a scott brown victory here would essentially dash the hopes for the passage of health care reform has a lot
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Jan 28, 2010 1:00am EST
isn't. or why washington has been unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems. they're tired of the partisanship and the shouting and the pettiness. they know we can't afford it. so we face big and difficult challenges. what the american people hope, what they deserve, is for all of us, democrats and republicans, to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. for while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds, different stories, different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same. the aspirations they hold are shared. a job that pays the bills. a chance to get ahead. most of all, the ability to give their children a better life. and you know what else they share? they share a stubborn resilience in the face of adversity. after one of the most difficult years in our history, they remain busy building cars and teaching kids, starting businesses and going back to school. coaching little league and helping their neighbors. one woman wrote to me and said, we are strained but hopeful. struggling but encouraged. it's because of this s
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Jan 29, 2010 5:00pm EST
the standard practice in washington, but a practice that unfortunately has disappeared and now is being revived. that's good news as well. it will be interesting to see if they would open some of that up for debate as well. but this is good, but i do think, wolf, we cannot get past the fact there are deep differences of principle, and deep differences of policy between the the president and his administration and the republicans. he says i can't find any credible economist who would across across the board tax cuts will work. republicans will point to a number of credibility economists, a fellow like matter feld stein, one of the world's best economists, who believed, as do many others, that leaner government, less taxes, less spending actually provides more vitality to the economy. so there are just deep differences how you do things here that, whether they can bridge those or not, i don't know. talking to each other is good news. >> and it's going to be whether smaller is better. they're going to november have these huge bills and the president says this is what i want to do on
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Jan 21, 2010 6:00am EST
morning, thanks. >>> mr. brown goes to washington today, massachusetts senator-elect scott brown will go to capitol hill. democrats are still reeling from the upset that stripped away their filibuster-proof majority and left them with ways scrambling to salvage health care reform. brianna keiler will be live from the capitol coming up in the 8:00 hour. >>> and it's cindy mccain like you've never seen her before, appearing in an ad supporting same-sex marriage in california. no hate, a gay rights group is challenging prop 8 passed by california voters. mccain's daughter posed for no hate last summer. john mccain says he respects the views of his family members but remains opposed. >>> and a $15,000 check to the clinton-bush haiti fund, the obamas have been inspired by the way millions of americans have responded to the crisis, even in these tough economic times. >>> and we're following the unfolding human suffering again in haiti, right now a second wave of people are succumbing to infections and gangrene, people that could have been saved by amputatio amputations. but there is a terrible
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Jan 22, 2010 11:00am EST
can tell you this. there's going to be -- there already is ferocious lobbying in washington ahead of it. and, you know, one of the realities is we've seen congress work together very quickly. kyra and i were just talking about how your tax deductions can be taken for 2009 if you make a deduction to haiti to encourage more people to donate. and that happened in the course of a couple days. financial reform, not going to happen in a couple days. may take years. that's something that congressman barney frank was talking about yesterday. even if something does happen, it will take years perhaps for some of these big institutions to unwind some of their assets in order to adhere to the law. so this is not going to happen next week. >> i want another segment. i want another segment with you to talk about this. >> reporter: next hour. >> okay, next hour. all right, susan, appreciate it. i need to read the run joub. >>> an exclusive cnn investigation into why the government was interested in another passenger on flight 253. reynolds wolf is tracking weather and a state of emergency in califo
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Jan 21, 2010 9:00am EST
not limb. >>> mr. brown goes to washington. the newly elected senator goes to capitol hill where his stunning upset changed the balance of power. briana keeler on the hill, wondering what is going to happen on the hill. >> reporter: one year and one day ago, i along with so many of my cnn colleagues were here on the very street, when obama was finishing up the inauguration. a very different story here today. we are expecting senator elect, scott brown, will come down the same street where he is going to be really coming to the capital, so the place he will call home and work for the next better part of the next three years. he will really start a lot of his time here at the russel senate office building. he will be meeting with a number of republicans and also democrats. he will be talking first with senator john mccain, a high-profile -- the probably highest profiler of his campaign, and he will meet with senator john kerry, the senior senator from massachusetts, and also will be meeting with senator paul kirk, the man that took the place of senator ted kennedy until the special ele
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Jan 27, 2010 9:00am EST
talked about a new change, a change in washington, that clearly is not something that has happened. that is something that he is going to taken for this coming year. >> you're going to be able to solicit questions to the president via youtube this year. right? >> yeah. this is something really new. we'll see how that goes. but the white house is inviting people to not only listen to the state of the union address, but then go to youtube and post a question to the president. now the white house is going to take these questions and they're going to select them and then next week they're going to have a live kind of internet chat activity, an event at the white house where they say the president will answer some of the viewers' questions. now clearly they're going to pick which ones they want to answer so we'll see how this goes. if it is the president's favorite color. but we anticipate there will be some other questions, more challenging, that they will also take. >> so what is his favorite color? >> oh, i wish -- i used to know that actually. but there's going to be a new opportuni
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